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On Adaptable Support for Cooperative Work

Dam, Mads (1994) On Adaptable Support for Cooperative Work. [SICS Report]

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Abstract

A critical dimension in the handling of change in computer-based systems for cooperative work is whether mechanisms for change should be explicitly embedded into systems, or whether change should be handled in a global and uniform manner, for instance by a process of editing and recompiling programs or scripts on the fly. We argue that to reflect the structure of organisations, powers of change must be local, structured, and dynamic. Thus a global and uniform handling of change is in general insufficient. We propose a formal basis for the description of dynamically modifiable objects, and explore its applicability in the field of CSCW by exposing it to three examples of increasing complexity: A system for dynamic communication channel creation; an adaptable conversation manager; and a rudimentary, yet quite general, awareness model.

Item Type:SICS Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:CSCW, Mechanisms of Interaction, User Adaptability, Object-Based Specification
ID Code:2139
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:22 Oct 2007
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:00

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